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What You Can do to Prevent Yourself From Shrinking

Height loss can happen as early as the 30s, but people tend not to notice it when the decrements are small. In their 50s and 60s it becomes obvious. Americans typically lose between one and two inches between the ages of 30 and 70, and after 70 the change accelerates. There are two main reasons we get shorter as we got older: our bones and our disks. After 30, our bones get thinner, less dense and more porous. Especially in the spine, they become susceptible to microfractures, tiny breaks we may not even notice. When these breaks happen in the vertebrae, our spines become shorter, sometimes curving forward as well. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent yourself from shrinking:

Washington Post February 3, 2004

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